Old Mill Quilts

To quilt or not to quilt? Don't be silly!

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Quilting in the Pandemic

So here we are, sheltering in place and my sewing projects are calling . . . can you hear them? Mercifully, I ordered a few lovely kits before shipping was suspended from our favorite suppliers. Some fabric stores are still delivering if you need new material. I have placemats, a table runner, lap quilt and pillowcases. PILLOWCASES. Just seeing them on the bed makes my heart sing.

I'm still trying to finish a king-size quilt that I started years ago. Literally, years ago. Other projects have come and gone, WHYYYY does it take me forever to finish this lovely quilt? You'd think - even now - in virtual lock-down, that time would not be an issue. Alas, working from home (and thank you to my wonderful boss for my paycheck) still takes many hours, and personal time is here and there. It's really helpful to find one interrupted hour to get anything done. I'm still looking.

This is the perfect time to start presents! Birthday, anniversary, Christmas, any occasion at all. In a perfect world, I would make all the kids aprons for Christmas. With cooking utentils and age-appropriate cookbooks. It's a major undertaking. Years ago, I found the loveliest patchwork apron - with a lining - that is now much too small for anyone, so I can use that, creating a pattern to enlarge.

Just a word about habits: It takes roughly 60 days - 2 months - to form a habit. Don't believe the people who tell you it's 21 days. That's a minimum number, according to Dr. Maxwell Maltz, a plastic surgeon in the 1950s and of author of Psycho-Cybernetics (1960). In any case, find an hour each day (or 2 hours each week) to work on your projects and continue that lovely habit even when we are no longer confined to our homes. Think of how much we'll get done!



Handy Quilt Sizes

Whether you're using a quilt kit or starting without a pattern, here's a helpful guide to which quilt sizes fit which size bed.

Crib quilt                             34" by 52"

Twin-bed-sized quilt             70" by 90"

Double-bed-sized quilt          85" by 108"

Queen-sized                         90" by 96"

King-sized                           108" by 96"

California-King-Sized quilt     114" by 120"

A New Year brings renewed motivation!

What was your New Year's resolution? To complete some of the projects you've started? I just read, from an organizing guru, that we should start no more than two projects at one time. BWAHAHAHHAAAAAAA. Okay, that will never happen. You need one project for the beach, one project for long car rides, one project . . . well, you get the idea. Then you bring all those projects home and finish them in the sewing room.

I am encouraged by the number of projects I completed last year. Thrilled, actually.

I can't wait to see how many I can finish this year!!! Wish me luck!

New Project

I've been toying with the idea of designing a quilt for our Village, based on several local scenes. Feasible? We'll see!!

The Essence of Quilting

Why is quilting so satisfying? It's kind of illogical. We take perfectly good fabric, cut it up into pieces, then sew it back together. Quilting samples have been found in ancient Egypt as early as 3000 B.C., quilted floor coverings from Asia about 200 AD and even worn in medieval times for warmth. In American colonial days, wealthy sewers quilted using whole cloth, and less wealthy sewers reused parts of old materials to piece together their items. 

Today, it is quite exciting to walk into a fabric store - or peruse online - and see the beautiful colors and patterns of fabric, and the possibility of creation.

It Begins

Throughout history, we have created art with fabric, sometimes out of necessity, sometimes out of desire, but always borne out of creativity. My lifelong obsession with quilting began at a fabric store in Ohio, fueled by the color of plain and patterned fabric, completely logical in its beautiful simplicity.